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Burma: Democracy With An Asterisk

John Feffer | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
John Feffer

The asterisk involves the 25 percent of seats set aside for representatives of the military. This bloc also holds veto power over any constitutional changes. And, according to the constitution, Aung San Suu Kyi can't be president.

Aung San Suu Kyi Must Not Let Politics Get in the Way of Human Rights

Hanna Hindstrom | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Hanna Hindstrom

YANGON, Myanmar -- If Suu Kyi's ascent is perceived as too threatening, there is greater risk that the military will continue to exploit anti-Muslim hostility in order to destabilize the post-election climate. And despite her numerous pro-democracy accolades, Suu Kyi has refused to speak in defense of the Rohingya Muslims and recently warned foreign media not to "exaggerate" their plight.

Think Burma Is a Democracy Now? Think Again.

Mark Farmaner | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Mark Farmaner

Burma now has a hybrid system of military rule and democracy. It's democracy on a leash. The victims of human rights abuses can't wait for a hoped slow transition. They need genuine democracy, and they need it now. For them it is, quite literally, a matter of life and death. It isn't time to celebrate yet.

The Myanmar Election: What Can We Expect?

Erin Murphy | Posted 11.04.2015 | World
Erin Murphy

Trying to predict the outcome of the election has been deemed by at least one Myanmar-based media outlet as "lunacy," however, three scenarios are emerging as the most likely outcomes of November 8.

The Impact of Energy on China/Myanmar Relations

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The acquisition of energy has become a dominant influence in China's foreign policy orientation generally, and has been a driving force in its relationship with Myanmar in recent years.

Myanmar's Lady vs. The Dragon

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.26.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Speculation remains high in Myanmar as to if and when opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to China, which was one of the strongest supporters of the previous military government and remains highly influential in the country's affairs.

It's Too Early to Judge Aung San Suu Kyi

Gordon Welty | Posted 10.15.2013 | World
Gordon Welty

Critics wonder how Aung San Suu Kyi could express praise for the military in light of the regime's atrocious human rights record. Perhaps it is because she operates in an extremely tenuous political space.

Constitutional Changes Are for Myanmar's Own Good

Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 10.02.2013 | World
Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen

As long as Myanmar has a constitution that is directly or indirectly controlled by the military, or by any elite pact, the country will remain in the category of a "defective" or "incomplete" democracy.

Challenges Ahead for Suu Kyi's Political Ambition

Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen

It now clears any lingering doubt about Suu Kyi's political ambition. The question now is how can she assume the highest executive office. What are the available options, if any at all?

The Lady and the Peacock: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Politics of Burma

Stephenie Foster | Posted 06.17.2012 | Books
Stephenie Foster

Peter Popham, the author of The Lady and the Peacock, a spellbinding biography of Aung San Suu Kyi, has great timing.

Getting Past the Symbolism of Aung San Suu Kyi

Stanley Weiss | Posted 05.07.2012 | World
Stanley Weiss

Before we turn the page, it is important to see past Aung San Suu Kyi as a symbol of moral courage to evaluate the substance of her positions -- and by extension, U.S. policy -- the past two decades.

When Will Aung San Suu Kyi Really Tackle Sanctions?

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 08.02.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

Since her November release from house arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi has been "talking and listening" to her followers in Burma. What she was hearing may have surprised her.

In Burmese Opposition There Will Be No Reform: Aung San Suu Kyi

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

The growing discontent with the NLD has been obvious inside Burma for most of the past decade. It came to light internationally when, during the November elections, desperate discussions were held about the official boycott.

WikiLeaks: Burma's Opposition Stifled By Old Farts and Uninformed Analysis

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

The US embassy is Rangoon is not known for its diplomatic activism. But WikiLeaks reveals that behind those forbidding doors busy fingers are sending perceptive, well observed missives about the state of Burmese misery.

I Visited Burma Against Suu Kyi's Wishes

Anita Schillhorn van Veen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anita Schillhorn van Veen

Against Aung San Suu Kyi's insistence, I visited to Burma about 10 years ago.

Burma: democracy banned but NLD lifts tourism boycott

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

On Sunday, as Burmese head to the polls (or more likely stay indoors, in an opposition inspired boycott) a far reaching decision by the main oppositio...